David de Gea to leave Manchester United next summer?


Reports suggest that Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is on his way out of the club after rejecting yet another contract offer.

Manchester United are expected to lose David de Gea next summer after the goalkeeper turned down the club’s final contract offer, according to reports.

The Red Devils have already triggered an extension on de Gea’s contract, keeping him at the club until 2020. However, talks over extending his contract even further have come to a standstill.

The Daily Mail have reported that the Spaniard has “made it clear that he will not be staying at Old Trafford beyond next season”, suggesting that he has no intentions of renewing his contract.

De Gea was voted Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year by United fans three times in a row between 2014 and 2016, before winning it again in 2018.

However, the 28-year-old has been criticised for his performances in the Premier League this season, keeping just seven clean sheets all campaign and conceding a staggering 54 goals.

Nevertheless, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reiterated his support for the out of form goalkeeper after each disappointing display, suggesting that the club have no intention of selling him in the summer.

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The Spanish international’s exit from United either this summer or the next would not be entirely catastrophic for the club, as Solskjaer would still have a plethora of goalkeeping options from the squad to choose from if worse comes to worst.

Sergio Romero has been a reliable back-up option at Old Trafford for some time now and has 96 international caps for Argentina, meaning that he would likely get the number one shirt should de Gea leave.

Furthermore, Joel Pereira and Dean Henderson – both 22 – have also impressed in their respective loan spells, with the latter even helping Sheffield United secure promotion to the Premier League from the Championship this season.

Having such figures at the club already could save United a fortune in the transfer window if de Gea does end up leaving, as recent signings such as Kepa Arrizabalaga’s move to Chelsea for £71.6m in 2018 prove that the market remains inflated.

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